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Need some help thinking more clearly under pressure? "Hot-wire" your brain with meditation.

By Mark Henricks

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Before and after each workday, Kevin Cashman spends half an hourrewiring his brain. "I practice Transcendental Meditationevery morning and evening," says the 51-year-old CEO ofLeaderSource, a 20-person leadership consultingcompany in Minneapolis. Meditation, which he has practicedregularly for 30 years, brings him clarity and focus to start thebusiness day, and refreshes him for his personal life. "Forme, it's invaluable," he says.

Many studies of meditation's wide-ranging effects on healthfactors ranging from blood pressure to anxiety agree with thisassessment. It's been shown that people who meditate emit brainwaves different from those emitted by sleepers, suggestingthey're achieving a different, and possibly equally beneficial,kind of relaxation. Recent research from the University of Wisconsin,Madison, hints that meditation physically changes neurologicalconnections between parts of the brain, effectively rewiring it.Related studies looking at meditation's ability to boost theimmune system suggest its effects are long-lasting.

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